ADB approves $110m more for urban healthcare

Staff Correspondent

20 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $110 million additional loan for a Bangladeshi project designed to improve access to urban primary healthcare services in Bangladesh through public-private partnerships.

The approval came at a meeting of ADB’s board of directors held at its Manila headquarters on Wednesday, the lender said in a statement. 

ADB’s support to the government-led Urban Primary Health Care Services Delivery Project approved in 2012 has been filling a vacuum created by the lack of urban public primary healthcare by increasing access to quality services, especially for poor households.

“The new financing will focus on strengthening the service delivery system, building on the results of the 2012 project and two previous projects, to meet unmet demands and develop self-reliance in the running of the system,” said ADB Social Sector Specialist Brian Chin.

As originally financed in 2012 with a $50 million ADB loan and $20 million cofinancing, it is one of the largest public-private partnership (PPP) projects for primary healthcare delivery in South Asia.

The project is recognised as an innovative model of partnership between the government, which contracts out health service delivery, and service providers (mainly non-government organizations).

Previously, the ADB provided a $40 million loan and $4.5 million cofinancing for a first project to support health services in four cities during 1998–2005.  A second project followed in 2005–2012 backed by a $30 million loan, $10 million grant, and $30 million cofinancing widening the support to six cities and five municipalities.